Consumer Reports: All-Season Tires 2019

All-season tires come in sizes to fit everything from small cars to light-duty SUVs and pickups (and they come standard on many sedans and minivans). They are the most popular type of tire and are designed to handle most conditions, including dry and wet pavement and light to moderate snow. Size tested: 215/60R16

  1. General Altimax RT43 - Winner Recommended
    Test Score:
    70
    Verdict:

    The General Altimax is a top-rated all-season tire. It earns Very Good ratings in most test categories, including dry braking, handling, and hydroplaning. Notably, it manages strong snow traction, too, as well as reasonably low rolling resistance, which can aid fuel economy. Its 80,000-mile tread life is above average.

    Snow Traction   Handling   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Ice Braking   Rolling Resistance   Noise  
    86 37
  2. Michelin Defender T+H Recommended
    Test Score:
    67
    Verdict:

    An ideal tire offers a wide range of performance and safety traits, and the Defender T+H does just that. It scores Very Good ratings for dry braking, handling, and snow traction, and a Good rating for wet braking. It wears exceptionally well, with 90,000-mile predicted tread life, and scores an Excellent rating for noise. It’s only slightly less great at rolling resistance, which can aid fuel economy, scoring just a Good rating.

    Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise  
    82 33
  3. Continental TrueContact Tour
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    This high-scoring all-season tire has an Excellent rating for snow traction and boasts very high predicted tread life, at 95,000 miles. It earns a Very Good rating for resisting hydroplaning, which is important for safety, but a Fair rating for wet braking and a Good rating for dry braking mean that some rival all-seasons perform better. Notably, however, testers found it to be comfortable and quiet.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning   Wet Braking  
    N/A 29
  4. Falken Sincera SN201 A/S
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    Very good marks for snow traction and grip on icy roads.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Ice Braking   Rolling Resistance  
    N/A 25
  5. Falken Sincera SN250 A/S
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    Very good in key areas of dry braking, snow traction, and hydroplaning resistance.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning  
    N/A 24
  6. Nexen Aria AH7
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    A good choice for driving in varying weather conditions, and a long wearing tire. Long tread life and quietness are highlights.

    Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning  
    78 25
  7. Yokohama AVID Ascend
    Test Score:
    65
    Verdict:

    This Yokohama has an impressive 100,000-mile predicted life, yet even with reasonably low rolling resistance it doesn’t compromise on handling, scoring well in that category, and especially in managing rainy weather, earning Good ratings on tests of wet braking, and Very Good ratings for dry braking and resisting hydroplaning. Plus, it’s a quiet tire, and its reasonably low rolling resistance may help with fuel efficiency.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort  
    79 31
  8. BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport
    Test Score:
    63
    Verdict:

    The BFGoodrich T/A Sport is a decent, competitive, all-season tire, earning ratings of Very Good for dry braking, Good for wet braking, and Excellent at resisting hydroplaning—a plus for safety. However, rolling resistance is high, which can worsen fuel economy, and its projected 75,000-mile tread life (as tested) is competitive.

    Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    N/A 29
  9. Hankook Kinergy PT H737
    Test Score:
    63
    Verdict:

    The Kinergy PT is a strong performer. It scores Very Good ratings in tests of handling, hydroplaning, and dry braking but is slightly less exceptional (getting a Good rating) at wet braking. It’s also one of the better-rated all-seasons in snow, and it has a near-top predicted tread life of 80,000 miles.

    Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Handling   Hydroplaning   Noise  
    N/A 30
  10. Kumho Solus TA11
    Test Score:
    61
    Verdict:

    The Solus TA11 is a strong choice for fuel economy, with top marks (an Excellent rating) for rolling resistance. It’s also exceptionally quiet, scoring an Excellent rating for noise, and it earns a Very Good rating for dry braking, hydroplaning, and snow traction. However, note its Fair rating for wet braking, which could be a factor in preventing an accident. Its 75,000-mile predicted tread life is slightly above average.

    Dry Braking   Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Noise   Hydroplaning   Wet Braking  
    84 28
Year
2019
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Max Score, points
100
Season
All-Season
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Northern America
Date added
Sep 21, 2019